The people making a real difference to transport across London were recognised at the 9th annual London Transport Awards in London last night with the London Borough of Ealing picking up the top award of the night for Transport Borough of the Year. The Award for public transport operator of the year went to LOROL (London Overground Rail Operations Ltd) whilst the award for most improved transport borough award went to the London Borough of Haringey.
Hosted by Scottish radio and television presenter Grant Stott, the awards saw over 400 transport professionals gather at the prestigious ceremony at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London.
There was a special award on the night for Outstanding Contribution to Transport Across London given to David Brown for his work as Managing Director for Surface Transport at Transport for London. In this role he incorporated a diverse range of responsibilities including; London Buses, one of the world’s largest urban bus networks, managing London’s Red Route road network, congestion charging, taxi and private hire regulations, coach, river and mobility transport, cycling, including the introduction of the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme, walking, road safety and transport policing and enforcement. He was there nearly five years before joining the Go-Ahead Group in July 2011 as Group Chief Executive.
Transport borough of the year, Ealing, was last year’s winner of the National Transport Awards Most Improved Transport Authority. Ealing’s high standard submission shows the comprehensive progress they are making across all key policy areas including road safety reduction, travel to school mode shift and cycling improvements. Investment in cycling has increased by 30% over the last three years to over £700,000 annually, walking and cycling to school has increased by almost 8%, and there has been a 5% reduction in road safety casualties.
Public Transport Operator of the Year was awarded to LOROL for the second year running. Over the past 12 months, customer satisfaction with LOROL has risen by 17%, train performance improved by over 2% and passenger journeys increased by 30%. LOROL has invested more than £35m refurbishing the 44 stations over the last 12 months which has transformed the appearance of LOROL’s stations. All LOROL managed stations remained accredited under the DfT Secure Stations scheme and all stations are staffed throughout the operational day.
British Transport Police picked up the award for Transport Partnership of the Year for the reduction of cable theft on the East end of the Central line. Theft of signalling cable is an increasing problem on railways and has cost London Underground £300,000 in repairs. This excellent initiative has almost eliminated cable theft in the area, with scope to be duplicated elsewhere on the network.
One of the most competitive awards on the evening was for most Innovative Transport Project of the year which went to Ultra Global Ltd for the Heathrow Pod, which opened in April 2011. The personal rapid transit system is claimed to be the first new example of transit technology in 100 years. The air-conditioned pods carry four adults with space for pushchairs and luggage. Passengers have exclusive use of their pod – hence the personal tag. Typically 90% of passengers are provided with a pod within a minute. They are expected to carry 500,000 people annually between the Terminal 5 business car park and the main terminal.
Most improved transport borough Haringey, have highlighted good progress across a wide range of policy areas. Particularly strong on cycling, car clubs and school travel planning. A lot of serious effort has been directed towards reducing carbon. Establishing a Sustainable Transport Commission is an innovative approach to aiding this with results underpinning their progress.
The London Transport Awards, in association with Transport Times magazine, were judged by Transport Times publisher Professor David Begg, Chair of the Judging panel and publisher of Transport Times; Janet Cooke, Chief Executive, London Travel Watch; Nick Lester, Director of Transport, Environment and Planning, London Councils and Elsie Owusu OBE, Principal Partner of Fielden & Mawson.
Peter Hendy OBE, Transport Commissioner, Transport for London said:
“I am delighted to support these awards, which rightly celebrate the many achievements of the organisations which keep our city moving and growing, as we look forward to a great year for London and its transport network"
The full list of award winners and those who were highly commended is as follows:
1 Most Effective Road Safety, Traffic Management & Enforcement Project sponsored by FirstGroup
WINNER - London Borough of Merton - South Wimbledon Business Area Streets for People
HIGHLY COMMENDED - City of London - Happy Feet Children’s Pedestrian Training
2 Excellence in Travel Information & Marketing
WINNER – Quickmap - London's Surface Diagram
HIGHLY COMMENDED - TfL – Countdown
3 Achievements in Cycling
WINNER - London Borough of Hackney - Hackney: London's Cycling Borough
HIGHLY COMMENDED - London Borough of Brent
4 Excellence in Walking & Public Realm endorsed by Transport for London
WINNER - Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - Exhibition Road
HIGHLY COMMENDED - London Borough of Newham
5 Excellence in Technology sponsored by BT Global Services
WINNER – Masabi, Atos & Chiltern Railways – “Pay & Display“: the mTicket Revolution
6 Rail Station of the Year
WINNER - London Underground – Green Park
HIGHLY COMMENDED - TfL – Highbury & Islington
7 Most Innovative Transport Project sponsored by Keolis UK
WINNER - Ultra Global Ltd - Heathrow Pod
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Tube Lines - Tube Lines drainage efficiencies
8 Transport Team/Partnership of the Year
WINNER – British Transport Police – Reducing cable theft on the East end of the Central line
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Transport for London & Network Rail - North London Railway Infrastructure Project
9 Contribution to Sustainable Transport
WINNER - WestOne Cars
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Southern - Frontline Champions help grow Southern’s green agenda
10 Road Streetworks Contractor of the Year Award endorsed by Transport for London
WINNER - Skanska (working as part of the North London Gas Alliance)
11 LUL Station Customer Service Team of the Year Award endorsed by Transport for London
WINNER - Totteridge and Whetstone station
12 Lifetime Contribution to Transport in London
WINNER - Graeme Swinburne
13 Outstanding Contribution to Transport across London
WINNER - David Brown, CEO, Go-Ahead Group plc
14 Frontline Employee of the Year
WINNER - Peter Tricker, Station Supervisor, London Underground
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Steven Black - London Underground
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Chester Carrington - London Underground
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Karen McAteer - LOROL
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Martin Phillips - Amey
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Gurbhag Kaur Dusanjh - Heathrow Airport Limited
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Lillian Turner - London Borough of Newham
15 Young Transport Professional of the Year supported by Atkins
WINNER - Peter Kalton, LOROL
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Hugh Lawson - Transport for London
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Michael Bloomfield - Transport for London
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Christopher Moores - Transport for London
16 Dedication to Access for All
WINNER - London Borough of Southwark - Southwark Independent Travel Training
17 Journalist of the Year
WINNER - Matthew Beard, Olympics Editor, Evening Standard
18 Most improved Transport Borough
WINNER - London Borough of Haringey
19 Public Transport Operator of the Year
WINNER - LOROL
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Southern
20 Transport Borough of the Year endorsed by Transport for London WINNER – London Borough of Ealing
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